The FA Cup is an all-London affair this Saturday, as Arsenal and Chelsea go head-to-head in the competition’s final at Wembley Stadium. With the Premier League season complete, and a gap until Champions League fixtures resume, all eyes are focussed on this showdown for silverware!
Join us as we dive into the recent form of the teams and provide you with some exciting FA Cup final betting options ahead of the last big game in English domestic football.
A 3-2 victory over Watford last weekend signalled the end of a difficult season for the Gunners which was overseen by no less than three managers and resulted in a disappointing finish in eighth place. Current manager Mikel Arteta was appointed on 20 December after a series of unsatisfactory results that had led to the dismissal of Unai Emery and club-legend Freddie Ljungberg. Since the arrival of Arteta, the north London club has undergone a cultural and mental shift which has prompted better results against the big hitters in the league and a run to the FA Cup final.
Having beaten the previous FA Cup winners Manchester City in the semi-finals, as well as the champions of England in the same week, Arsenal have begun looking like a cohesive unit having been branded shaky and lacking unity earlier in the season.
Their last result against Chelsea in the Premier League is an indicator towards the renewed sense of optimism around the Emirates Stadium. After going a man down, the Gunners found it within themselves to level the score twice, ending the match with a point both proved and attained as the game finished 2-2.
With regards to injuries, the Arsenal backline looks to have been weakened further as things have gone from bad to worse. Shkodran Mustafi joins both Calum Chambers and Pablo Mari on the side-lines after a “really nasty injury” left the German ruled out for the final fixture of the season.
Arsenal fans will go into the fixture hopeful that their strike force – consisting of Alexandre Lacazette, Nicolas Pepe and Golden Boot runner-up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – can fire them to a historic result this Saturday.
Initially viewed as a season of restructuring and blooding young players into the English game, Frank Lampard’s Chelsea have subverted all expectations, finishing only one place lower than last season and qualifying for the Champions League in the process.
Things were never going to be easy for the Blues after their transfer ban was upheld last summer. Following the dismissal of Maurizio Sarri, club-legend Frank Lampard was tasked with galvanising veteran and rookie Chelsea players into a feasible Premier League squad.
Quickly establishing himself as a more than capable hand, Lampard has seen his side through a thrilling FA Cup run, beating the likes of Manchester United, Leicester City and Liverpool on their way to Wembley. Winning eight out of their last 11 games since the restart, Chelsea now take on London-rivals Arsenal on 1 August for their third final against the Gunners in just four years.
Despite a topsy-turvy season, Arsenal will present a threat. The Gunners have a storied history in the FA Cup, having won the competition more times than any other club (13). Chelsea fans will hope that Olivier Giroud and Christian Pulisic, together with the raw talent of Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham, can make the difference, as doubts around the availability of Willian, N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic persist.
The 10-point gap between the teams in the Premier League table has led Chelsea to emerge as favourites, at 13/11 (2.18) to win the game within 90 minutes, while Arsenal are calculated at 47/20 (3.35) to claim their 14th FA Cup.
Arsenal top goal scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is measured at 5/4 (2.25), to score anytime for the Gunners during the final while the odds of Olivier Giroud scoring against his previous club are measured at 7/4 (2.75).
Both sides have found the back of the net in five out of their last six encounters, including a UEFA Europa League final, so why not bet on both teams to score at 7/10 (1.70)?
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